Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Brown Canyon Dam

Yesterday was spent hiking in the upper Arroyo Seco. We were going to have gone up to the Oakwilde campground, but we detoured to Brown Canyon Dam.

After the record rains of this past winter, the pool at the base of the dam was brim full. Such fun to jump into the refreshingly cold water!

We decided that the swimming opportunity was too good to pass up so stayed at the dam rather than finishing the hike.

I found an interesting outline (.pdf) of the efforts over the years to control flooding in the Arroyo Seco. Brown Canyon Dam was built in 1942 after the huge flood of 1938.

(Thanks to Anaïs for the photos!)

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